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NJFA Member E-NewsletterApril 2012
In This Issue
Watching Out for the Private Landowner and the Forestry Community
Annual Meeting Pictures
Where is the Next Forest?
Richard F. West
Vuocolo Forestry Award
Quick Links

Top Welcome!
This is the first issue of the online edition of New Jersey Woodlands.  As a member of the New Jersey Forestry Association, you will be receiving five online issues a year (or more if we have timely information that is important to share with you).  Please feel free to share idea suggestions or comments.  We hope you enjoy this issue, and look forward to hearing from you.  
State Capital 


By Barbara McConnell, Legislative Representative, NJFA 



The Mission of NJFA is to increase awareness of the diverse public benefits of forests; supporting the sustainable use of forest resources; promoting economic opportunity for forest landowners; and encouraging a viable local forest products industry.


One of the ways we strive to accomplish this Mission is by:

  • Monitoring and influencing legislation and regulations that affect private landowners and the forestry community. 

Currently, we are monitoring and speaking out on over 93 legislative and regulatory issues that range from Farmland Assessment; Transfer Inheritance and Estate Taxes; Pests and Pathogens such as the Southern Pine Beetle that are attacking our forests; Sustainable Forest Stewardship legislation on both private and public lands; New Jersey's deer population; and rules and regulations that place a stranglehold on the right to practice forestry.


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2012 Annual Meeting Logo Annual Meeting a Success
On Saturday, March 3, landowners, foresters and tax assessors gathered together in Monroe Township at Forsgate County Club for the 37th Annual Meeting & Member Program of the New Jersey Forestry Association.  A summary of the meeting will be coming out soon, but in the meantime, click here for pictures from the event:  2012 Annual Meeting Photos

(Photos by Charlie and Barbara Newlon)
Where is the Next Forest?

By Joyce Koch - New Jersey Woodland Steward - Class of 2010


Scientists point to forest destruction as one of the leading causes of climate change and species extinction. Meanwhile, economic progress is providing us with housing and development on a scale necessary accommodate a growing population and to fulfill the American Dream of home ownership.


A surprising 80% of U.S. households have a private lawn which totals up to a conservative estimate of 31 million acres of turf grass, an area equal to the New England States or eight New Jerseys. While the average size lawn is 1/3 acre, 5-7 acre zoning is not uncommon in rural areas where homeowners depend on well and septic. Often built on converted farm fields, developers provide new homeowners with cheap and easy turf grass to blanket the few inches of top soil they left behind. However, what comes next is an eternity of watering, fertilizing and mowing to maintain a monoculture which provides for no plant or animal diversity.


Because lawn grasses are of European origin which evolved and thrive at higher latitudes than most U.S. states, they require a bounty of chemical and water treatments to simulate their European homeland. We spend $25 billion a year coddling this carpet which prefers chilly fog and damp rains rather than hot August skies. We import petrochemicals to provide supplemental nutrients and pesticides to combat insects that would be controlled naturally in a balanced ecosystem. We commit up to 30% of our water resources for lawn irrigation. We have a garage full of edgers, spreaders, aerators, rollers, weed whackers, mowers from reel to rotary to four wheel drive rider models, sprayers, precision seeders, leaf blowers, hoses, sprinklers and other irrigation devices, not to mention grass seed specially designed for sun, shade or both, fertilizers in various formulations, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.


Many of these large acreage lots would function more efficiently as small woodlands.  (Click Here to Read the Entire Article) 

Dick West Richard F. West


Richard West died on January 23, 2012 at the age of 94. Professor West retired as Chair of the Forestry Program at Cook College, Rutgers University. Previously he had taught at Louisiana State University for eight years before coming to Rutgers. He earned a BS degree in forest management from Rutgers and a MS degree from Yale. He taught a variety of forestry courses at Cook, but wood tech was his specialty.


He lived in Monroe Village before moving to Florida in 2006. While a resident there he started planting trees on the property selecting the species, location and supervision of the planting. Because of this planting program, the Monroe Village Association resolved that the present arboretum on the Village grounds will be known hereafter as THE RICHARD WEST ABORETUM dated February 21, 2006.


Dick was a member of NJFA since 1975, was a director from 1986 to 2000, and president from 1986 to 1997. He wrote numerous articles for the New Jersey Woodlands and was co-editor for 18 years. He was a strong advocate of forestry and his influence will be sorely missed.



Sal Vuocolo Book CoverVuocolo Forestry Award - Call for Nominations
 The NJFA established the Vuocolo Forestry Award to recognize an individual for outstanding achievements to promote forest stewardship activities on public and private lands. This can include forest stewardship accomplishments to improve forest stocking, growth, health and all non-commodity benefits besides growing forest products on his/her forest lands. Promoting responsible forest management, multiple use and sustainable forestry to the public through forestry tours, media, written information and legislative bodies may also be considered.




Nominee must be a New Jersey resident. Individuals or organizations may nominate themselves or be nominated by an outside party. Although award candidates need not be NJFA members, involvement with the NJFA and other civic pursuits is considered important. NJFA Directors are not eligible.


Nomination Procedure


Send a brief statement (not more than 500 words) on why you believe the nominee should receive the award. Along with this statement, send a biographical sketch of the nominee and the names and phone numbers of two individuals who will support the nomination.


Send nominations to:

NJFA - Vuocolo Award Nomination

PO Box 367

Flemington, NJ 08822


Award nominations can also be emailed to:



The award will be presented at the next annual meeting of the NJFA  


UpcomingUpcoming Events

New Jersey State Arbor Day Celebration
April 27, 2012 - Friday

Topic:  Tree Planting - Volunteers Needed

Time:    8 A to 1 P

Place:  Crystal Lake, Haddon Township, Westmont, NJ

Contact: Shadetrees@haddontwp.com


New Jersey Envirothon

May 5, 2012 -Saturday

Topic:  Environmental Competition for High Schools

Time:   Day long

Place:  Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale, Monmouth County

Contact: Richard Belcher Richard.belcher@ag.state.nj.us


Forest Stewardship Field Tour

May 12, 2012 -Saturday

Topic:  Growing Christmas Trees, Riparian Mgt. and Stream Crossing Regulations

Time:   8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Place:  Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm, 71 Jackson Valley RD., Washington, NJ

Contact:   Lori Jenssen, NJFA, 908-832-2400 or info@njforestry.org


New Jersey Tree Farm Day
June 1, 2012 -Friday

Topic:  TBA

Time:    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Place:  Stag Lake Tree Farm, Andover, NJ

Contact: Dave Finley, Secretary, NJ Tree Farm Association


Trail Exploration Day

June 2, 2012-Saturday

Topic:  Guided Hikes and Interactive Programs

Time:   9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place:  Forest Resources Education Center

             370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527

Contact: 732.928.2360 or forestrycenter@gmail.com


Learn About Invasive Species

July 19, 2012 - Thursday

Topic:  How to Minimize the Impact of invasive Species on Native Vegetation

Time:   9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Place:  Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ

Contact::  carol@njconservation.org or 908-234-1225 to register


Fall Forestry Festival      

October 6, 2012 - Saturday

Topic:  Hikes, Exhibits, Demonstrations, Free Crafts

Time:   10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine

Place:  Forest Resources Education Center

             370 East veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527

Contact:  732.928.2360 or forestrycenter@gmail.com


3rd New Jersey Woodland Stewards Program 

Oct. 19-22, 2010 -Thurs evening - Sunday afternoon

Topic:  Training on principles of Forest Stewardship

Time:   Check-in 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Thurs., Dinner 6 p.m. thru Sunday afternoon

Place:  YMCA Camp Linwood-MacDonald, Sandyston, NJ

Contact: Lori Jenssen, NJFA, 908-832-2400 or info@njforestry.org


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